Place on the treadmill to move while playing
The firm Virtuix ends up finally marketing its installation sold with an immersive headset.
The installation has several fasteners to ensure the safety of the player.
Not all crowdfunding campaigns are equally successful. If the Oculus VR virtual reality headset quickly ended up in the hands of Meta (ex-Facebook), the Omni One treadmill from Virtuix took its time. But thanks to a new round of financing, the firm sees the end of the tunnel and will market this year, a precise date not yet fixed, the concept launched 10 years ago on the Kickstarter platform.
The Omni One aims to keep gamers moving and sweating safely. They can run, walk, kneel and even jump during their game. The installation is 1.2 by 1.5 meters for a hundred kg. The safety of the player who comes to sit there is ensured by a vertical bar equipped with a shoulder strap and a waist strap with the handles. The Omni One can also be folded away when not in use.
The installation is sold with a specially designed version of the Pico Neo 3 virtual reality headset. But it will be necessary to pay the price, that is to say nearly 2600 dollars, shipping costs not included. This is 30% more than initially announced. At the start, players will have to settle for only 30 titles that can be played via a dedicated store. According to a Virtuix Facebook post relayed by the Engadget site, the catalog should then expand to 200 titles.
Virtuix said 900 early investors have applied to buy beta units and there are currently 35,000 people announced on a waiting list.